Your daughter's wedding day will be one of the most important days of both of your lives. Choosing a gift to give to the bride can be difficult for a mother; after all, you want your present to be something special and memorable. Don't stress too much over your choice, however. While your daughter will enjoy a thoughtful gift, in the end she will remember the special times you shared together on her big day.
Choose a beautiful necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings that your daughter can wear on her wedding day. A classic style, such as a pearl necklace, could easily be worn for other occasions or even to work after the big day is over.
A Family Heirloom
Perhaps your own mother, father or grandmother gave you a gift on your wedding day that you can pass down to your daughter. A treasured family heirloom such as an embroidered handkerchief or hair clip could also serve as your daughter's "something old" for her wedding day.
Something for Her Home
If your daughter has set up a gift registry, select a bigger ticket item like a vacuum or luggage set. Wedding Channel recommends purchasing from the registry since these are things your daughter and her future husband want and need. If you decide to choose something else, make sure it's a gift the couple will use. If your daughter keeps mentioning that she and her fiance don't have a grill or could use a new TV, it would be appropriate to buy one of these items as a gift. Check with the couple first, just in case there's a particular make or model they're hoping to receive.
Gift Cards or Money
Consider cash or a gift card to your daughter's favorite store or restaurant if you're not sure what she'd like as a wedding gift. Choosing a gift card to the salon or spa where she's getting ready for the big day will help defray some of her wedding expenses, or offer to pay for your daughter's hotel room during the wedding weekend. Alternatively, a cash gift will help to pay for her honeymoon or items for the couple's home. Emily Post advises that there is no set amount you should spend.
Based in Philadelphia, Eliza London has been a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in business and retail trade magazines, as well as on numerous websites. London holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Susquehanna University.